Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Rory McIlroy can’t get enough awards

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods shake hands during the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship in Carmel, California

Rory McIlroy admits he’s getting greedy.

The Ulster superstar has landed three big golf wins already this season — but it isn’t enough.

And the fact that his big rival Tiger Woods also has three tournament victories under his belt is an extra incentive as the 23-year-old prepares for this week’s BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel.

“It’s great to have won three tournaments in one season, but why stop there?” said the reigning US PGA champion, who feels he is on a roll McIlroy’s win at the Deutsche Bank Championship means he enters the third FedEx Cup play-off event at the top of the points standings.

He has has been grouped with Nick Watney and Woods, second and third in the standings, and is happy with his current performance levels.

“I'm very pleased with how I've played the last few weeks,” he said.”

“I'm very pleased at how hard I worked on my game leading up to these few weeks because I felt like it was nearly there, and it just needed to stay patient.”

He added: “It's rare to see guys having six and seven-win seasons,” he said.

“Tiger did it for so many years, three is a great number, I'd like to make it four or five, obviously, after the FedEx Cup.”

McIlroy, incidentally, has just been named European Tour Golfer of the Month for August following his stunning, record-breaking victory in the US PGA Championship. His was the largest winning margin since the US PGA Championship became a stroke play event in 1958, and the victory moved him back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

He was the overwhelming choice of the award panel comprising golf writers and commentators from radio and television.

Panel chair Bill Elliott said: “Of course, Rory has to be the man, but Sergio Garcia’s winning surge into the Ryder Cup team followed by Paul Lawrie’s victory in Scotland were fabulous efforts.”

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